Jesus' Teachings in the fourth Gospel on the nature of discipleship

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Jesus’ Teachings in the fourth Gospel on the nature of discipleship Teachers around the time when Jesus lived thought that learning was such that the people who wanted to learn should come to them to be taught. But Jesus felt differently and rather than waiting for people to come to him, he went out to find them and then chose them to be his followers. He called them disciples and this word means one who learns. But Jesus chose his disciples carefully. He didn’t pick anyone. He chose people that God said to get. God would tell him the people to get and he would enroll them as disciples. The disciples were ordinary people who Jesus ask to follow him it is strange that Jesus did not pick any particular person, he just chose four fishermen to be his most loyal companions who would be prepared to die, suffer, be rejected, and go to prison. Today the meaning is watered down slightly as Jesus is not present (in the flesh) today but those who choose to follow Jesus by becoming a priest or missionary, for example, are still required to set aside any personal wishes and commit fully to God whatever the cost. However, most Christians today are not required to undergo harsh persecution in their discipleship, as the disciples would have received in Jesus¡¦ time. However, discipleship can still be dangerous today: In 2000 165,000 Christians died for their faith and in the last 10 years 603 missionaries have been murdered or killed as part of war.          Jesus called the disciples with great personal authority at the beginning of Mark's gospel. In chapters 1-2 we are told how Jesus called five men to become his first disciples. In 1:16-20 ¡¥Jesus calls four
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fishermen¡¦ the first four were called. They were Simon, Andrew, James and John. Jesus sees Simon and his brother Andrew catching fish with a net. He says to them "come with me and I will teach you to catch people. ¨ They immediately left their nets and followed him. He then called James and John; they too immediately left what they were doing to follow Jesus. Jesus means that they will ¡¥catch¡¦ people for God, or bring them to the faith. We see from this account that Jesus chooses ordinary people to be his disciples, they don't have to be ...

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